Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore East on 1970-02-14
- Grateful Dead
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This show has been commercially released as "Dick's Picks 4"
Set 1: Introduction; Cold Rain And Snow; Dark Star > Saint Stephen > The Eleven > Turn On Your Lovelight
Set 1: Introduction; Casey Jones; Mama Tried; Hard To Handle
Set 2: Monkey And The Engineer; Dark Hollow; I've Been All Around This World; Wake Up Little Susie > Black Peter; Uncle John's Band; Katie Mae
Set 3: Dancing In The Street; China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider > High Time > Dire Wolf Alligator > Drums > Me And My Uncle > Not Fade Away > Mason's Children > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > Feedback > And We Bid You Good Night
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|Cold Rain And Snow|
|Dark Star ->|
|Saint Stephen ->|
|The Eleven ->|
|Turn On Your Lovelight|
|Hard To Handle|
|Monkey And The Engineer|
|I've Been All Around This World|
|Wake Up Little Susie ->|
|Uncle John's Band|
|Dancing In The Street|
|China Cat Sunflower ->|
|I Know You Rider ->|
|High Time ->|
|Me And My Uncle ->|
|Not Fade Away ->|
|Mason's Children ->|
|Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) ->|
|And We Bid You Good Night|
-- All late show disc changes are seamless
-- Thanks to Rob Eaton for lending me his Dats
-- Late show between song tunings patched from shnid=18115
-- Unpatched reel flip between Saint Stephen and The Eleven
- 2009-03-03 01:10:57
- Dat (Sony R500) -> Sound Devices 744T -> Samplitude Professional v10.2 -> FLAC
- New York , NY
- This show has been commercially released as "Dick's Picks 4"
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Fillmore East
Now I just need to find the Love set to enjoy the complete show. Anybody got any leads?
The Grateful Dead's set, of course, is quite arguably the most perfect performance ever given by anyone anywhere, from start to finish. 5 stars for the performance and for Charlie Miller's extra crispy handiwork here.
Subject: Blame it on the cosine
The early show used to get overlooked; missing from some trades or jumbled in with late show tracks. Now it is recognized as one of the best sets of '70. If you came this night because you had bought their new album, this show was for you - the set gets both a Dawk Staw>Stephen>Eleven and a Lovelight, glowing red-orange. With shows at 8p & 11:30p and three bands, the set had to be more concise.
Ready to fly with a jouncy and skittering Cold Rain & Snow that makes for edgy and exciting. Then it's already off into Dawk Staw. It's similar to others from the era, and neither this nor the night before are in my Top Five for the year. Yet in totality it adds up to a standout, but in different ways than the night before. Bobby starts a Feelin' Groovy [@15:30] but immediately drops it, as Jer is orbiting a post-Sputnik. Then Phil tries one @17:40, Bobby picks it up, but again they diverge toward Jer. He travels up to the main theme @19:55, and then starts a rhythm figure [@20:35] … that's perfect for FG. The whole freaking band jumps on it at the same second [@20:55], as if by conjured magic, and right when it peaks it dovetails back to the secondary theme, so the travelers can return from their chartered trip away. Jer has a certain fluidity here, and compared to the night before the band is interacting at a few degrees angular difference, in both summation and subtraction (cosine of supplementary angles). One ex.: the jam that starts @11:45. Jer is straight up, Bobby is cosecant, which turns Jer's figures arabesque for a few measures. The cube root is St. Stephen. An ace, but unfortunately we are missing the William Tell bridge - and the beginning of The Eleven. The Lovelight is the basic run-through.
Early Show Set: B+ 4½ stars
Cold Rain & Snow - jouncy and exciting
Dark Star - an era classic
St. Stephen - what we have is aces
A different animal than the early set, and a blowout of a show. Seems there's something for everyone. Back when many of us had just a few tapes from '70, this was considered a major show. Now '70 is a "plethora" year, though this is still a must-hear. It divides into three sets, but the band breaks were "brief" stage setups. Openers The Allman Bros. also released an album from these shows. There's a gap in the tape record after this - they went to four shows in Texas but we only have a partial of the last in Austin (while the crew drove to TX the band flew home to begin a couple days' studio work for Workingman's, tracking Dire Wolf).
First Set. Emcee John Zacherle hosted a regional Friday night horror show [kids ask your grandparents what that means], and had a '50s hit single "Dinner wth Drac" by The Cool Ghoul. Dude was only in his 50s at this time. Casey Jones is spry, short, and Jer comes at the solo sideways. Hard to Handle is also relatively brief (then they already change to acoustic). We all know this one too well, and it's sort of pat compared to the monumental ones from the era, like 4/29/71 or 8/6/71. But it's still a great version. It's followed by classic patter, of the type that mostly only occurred in NYC in the Pig era.
Second Set. Monkey & Engineer is a warm-up. The patter may be the only instance of Jer using the word vulgate. Dark Hollow is the classic version. The next couple are better elsewhere, but Black Peter surpasses the day before (Bear's Choice), mainly due to Bobby's choices. It just has a couple tech glitches. The boys work hard to leave it all onstage for Uncle John's. They begin setting up for an electric set but Jer asks if Pig wants to do a solo number first; when he comes out, willing, Jer says "Let's lay off!". As Pig sits solo and slings Katie Mae, he abruptly doubles the tempo.
Third Set. It's the continuous set that appeals, the overall effect, the length of the show, the historical trade. The whole may be greater than the parts, but it's certainly a must-hear-once. Dancing in the Street gets good @6:30>7:00. After several average versions comes a solid-enough Dire Wolf, then Bobby explains insider quip/run-out groove etching "Faster We Go/Fourth Dimension" for a Head. The next few range average to solid, squarely within GOGD. But the jam turns red in Not Fade. Listen for a St Stephen quote between 9mins>10mins, and then a Goodnight jam. Mason's may be a bit rickety, but it's welcome. As Caution winds to Feedback you may be surprised - the latter is better than the usual.
1st Set: B
2nd Set: B-
3rd Set: C+
Overall = 3½ stars
Hard to Handle - was = classic version; is = still good
Dark Hollow - Bobby at peak delivery
Black Peter - one of year's best acoustic versions
Not Fade Away - jam turns red
SOURCES: The early show is normalized, re-pitched and remastered on miller_97644. Dark Star is on the Long Strange Trip Soundtrack. The late show is also best represented by miller_97644. Dick's v4 has the third set plus Casey Jones (tunings and patter trimmed). History (Bear's Choice) has Dark Hollow, Been All Around & Hard to Handle. Various silent & blurry video clips exist but the viable one is a synched-audio version of Hard to Handle, usually up on YouTube.
Subject: Dick's Picks 4.2
Subject: I went dowwwwwwwwwn one old day...
Subject: Dark Star
Starts at Hard to Handle and floats back out into space during Not Fade Away.
Subject: Best NFA Ever
Subject: I was there for this show.
Subject: 1 of those "special" nights
Subject: Come hear Uncle John's Band
I just dig this entire evening!
A big fan of intro by Zacherley before Casey Jones.
Subject: High Times and Alligators
The Eleven from the early show is a real treat, especially in retrospect.
You get even more than you shelled out for now.
Subject: Wow, amazing show...
I lucked out scoring tickets to the Phil and Friends show scheduled for 2/7/2015--the 1970 celebration. They sold out in about 1/2 hr. I'm tempted to predict this 2/14 setlist, but whatever they do will be wonderful. Or maybe they will schedule David Nelson Band between sets like NRPS were for much of 1970. How cool it is that, although I could not have seen a show in 1970 (not even born yet--1st Dead show was '91, actually) I'll be able to experience perhaps the next best thing...What a treat that will be. Happy 50 years of Dead music to all!
The one part of this show that forever sets it apart from its elder brother is that rather painful slab diced out of St. Stephen > Eleven...and its really hard to compare this one to that 90-minute closing masterpiece of 2/13 (DS > OO > Lovelight). But on its own there is some absolutely fascinating music here: that *funkadelic* Hard to Handle, and the weird suite that closes the show, with Me & My Uncle, of all things, emerging late from Drums.
The feedback-meltdown that closes this show is damn near ten minutes, and really does emulate a beautiful 1970 Dark Star more than anything - check that astounding last, drawn-out note Jerry relays and then drops right before the Goodnight vocal. This is great stuff - listen to it completely fresh from the untouchable madness of the night before, and appreciate it, yo!
btw, see if you can grab the Allman Brothers' set from this same night!